We’re well into the month of September now, and August’s Record o’ the Month hasn’t been posted. This has been a pretty intense month (in a pretty intense year), and to be honest with you, I was completely surprised by the results. The Record o’ the Month has to go to Sophicide – Perdition of the Sublime which is a motherfucking riot but came totally out of nowhere. This German kid, whose name is completely unspellable, rips it up and knocked my socks off. I obviously wrote a review of it and you should go and read it and then hop over to the greedy Deciblog where the whole thing is streaming. The year’s best technical death metal record? Hell yes it is. I loved Gorod and this beats it. Google alerting this band, for motherfucking sure.

Sophicide - Record o' the Month

Runners Up:

Bedemon // Symphony of Shadows – This record from a zombie band really got Steel Druhm’s attention and therefore it has our attention because Steel Druhm is a force of personality akin to a zombie apocalypse: stinky, in your face, and hard to ignore. Listen to this record from this zombie band or Steel Druhm will eat your brains!

Necrovation // Necrovation – This old school whirlwind of awesome also apparently hit a couple months ago, but who fucking cares, right? This record is a kick ass death metal assault of the truest variety. No Entombed rip off bullshit here. All Grade A Death Metal Beef.

Reverence // The Asthenic Ascension – Black metal often gets the shit end of the stick here at AMG, but this superb offering from Reverence deserves some acknowledgement, even if it was actually released in Europe in April, not August. It was released somewhere in August, and while it doesn’t best Dodecahedron in sheer creepiness, it is an excellent offering and one of the better black metal offerings I’ve heard this year.

Record I Intentionally Left Off Despite It Having Received a High Score: 

Threshold // March of Progress – I don’t like the vocalist. Shut up already.

  • looks like August has been a pretty extreme month at AMG!

    I’ll give a listen to Sophicide, being an old fan of the genre. If it tops Gorod, it must be a killer. I will pass up the other records, I’m not a great fan of the extreme scene, apart from some carefully selected choices. The progster side of the force has taken me long ago, so I have bought the new Threshold, hope I’ll dig it. Dead Reckoning was impressive

  • The Necrovation record is damn good. Gotta check Bedemon, no way I’m letting bluesy doom pass by.

    • Check it out!! I’m still gonna eat your brains though….

  • Uzi T

    Haha I listened to some track off the threshold album and had the exact same thought..

    • Yeah, there are some great musical moments, but the vocalist really bugs me. Also the lyrics are about as subtle as Epica, which is about the worst thing I could ever say about them.

      • Stasia98

        Epicas lyrics have punch.

        • LOL. Epica’s lyrics are preachy, pathetic and irritating.

  • hubcapiv

    “Record I Intentionally Left Off Despite It Having Received a High Score:
    Threshold // March of Progress – I don’t like the vocalist. Shut up already.”
    That was awesome.

    • Leroy

      LOL – After repeated listening to Threshold’s new one, I now have the same feeling. They are such a great band, but I can no longer pretend the vocals haven’t made me shit my pants in frustration. AMG – please exercise your discretionary powers and dock a point from Steel Druhm’s review on the basis of the vocals killing what would otherwise have been Record of the Month =P

      • Nobody is docking anything off my damn review! I like the vocals (though I still prefer Mac). Steel Druhm hath spoken.

        • Stasia98

          I agree their vocalist is fine for the material.

        • Musically I like Threshold just fine, but I don’t think he’s a good vocalist for the music.

  • Stasia98

    well you could have included threshold to balance the more extreme metal albums for album of the month.

    • Why? I feel like my records o’ the month tend to balance out in the long run. It used to be just one.

      • Stasia98

        I was looking at the short run. The cover would have even broadened the colour palet for the months album cover colours.

        • Yeah, if I’d’ve chosen by cover, I would’ve gone with Necrovation. It’s got great fucking art.

  • I hope the “OMG AMG’S RECORDS OF THE MONTH ARE NOT ANGRY/KULT/TR00 ENOUGH” crowd can finally STFU after this month.

  • Sorry Damien but I have to agree. Can’t really say I’m into the whole technical death metal thing but at least I can appreciate the great job the guy’s done in recording and mixing. And the vocals are pretty impressive too, I have to say.

  • Mike_Callavaro

    I dont like the vocalist of Threshold either. Necrovation was a letdown, I guess that particular sound doesnt do it for me.

    Sophicide is the well deserved no.1 in my opinion, still got to give it a few more spins tho.

    • Yeah, I dig Necrovation, but I thought Sophicide was a clear winner. Just a fucking jackhammer of a record.

  • melli17

    Well I like Damien Wilson (Threshold vocalist) quite a lot (his collaborations with Arjen Lucassen, Maiden United, some of his solo stuff) but I can’t shake the feeling that the band still had Mac in their mind when writing the album.